Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stealing the Preacher.




If Joanna had made a poster to advertise her town's need and her own hope, 
it may have read like this: 

NEEDED: 
One godly, dedicated man with a fire in his bones for Christ and His Word. 
He must be willing to accept a difficult but worthy mission: revitalizing a tiny country church. 
Please, if you feel the Lord calling you here, hurry! 
My father and many other men and women need a shepherd's care 
to help them come to the Lord. 
All we ask is a man who will not give up on us, 
A man who will be a brother and sister in the Lord to us all. 

And if a man had answered this ad, it may have been Crockett Archer. 

The only problem is, Crockett didn't come to Joanna's church because he voluntarily answered an ad. He came before the lady with his hands bound, being prodded along by her daddy's gun. 
He was a birthday present. 
Yes. Her daddy had heard Joanna say she that all she wanted was a preacher,
 and a preacher she was given. 
Now she only has to convince the preacher that he may find his 
life's work right here at their neglected church. 

With this premise, the story of Stealing the Preacher flies off to a great start in the opening pages
 and then gallops along like an outlaw's horse 
until the tale (and the couple!) finally ride away into the sunset. 
Between the intrigue of the West, the blossoming dreams of a young lady's heart, 
and a mix of Church goers both wonderful and worrisome,
you'll be glad you were along for this ride! 

Thank you Bethany House and Karen Witemeyer for my copy 

Ever since my young reader days when I journeyed with Laura and the Ingalls family through the pages of Little House on the Prairie and shared the adventures of a spunky, red-headed Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, I have nurtured a passion for historical fiction. Something about those simpler times resonated with me. Neighbors helping neighbors instead of hiding behind closed doors. Spirited women working beside their men to tame the frontier. Communities where faith in God was expected and commended.
Whether you are a kindred spirit or a reader who enjoys a wide variety of genres, I'm glad you dropped by. Take a seat on  one of the porch rockers while I fetch some lemonade. If you'd like to talk books, we can visit the library. Or perhaps you'd rather sit and chat about some of your favorite characters. I'd be happy to introduce you at Character Corner. Enjoy free books and giveaways? I can get you connected with contests and other fun goodies. If you're a history hound like me, you might fancy a peek at some of my research gems. On my Links page, you'll discover some of the historical sites I use for researching my books as well as a list of the blogs I frequent. But if you would prefer to just sit on the porch and talk, I'll kick off my shoes and join you.
For those who enjoy stories of true love set against a backdrop of the American West, you've come to the right place. It is my prayer that through these romantic tales, you will be drawn into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, the Rose of Sharon, and the lover of your soul.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
~ 2 Corinthians 13:14 ~

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